Sixth Form Interdisciplinary Conference
In preparing our pupils for the ever-changing workplace, we want to encourage them to think beyond the siloed nature of traditional education and develop interdisciplinary thinking which is increasingly valued by employers. ‘Activities Week’ is the perfect opportunity to move beyond the curriculum and challenge the pupils to think differently.
To do this, we have been working with LIS (London Interdisciplinary School) a new university, described as “the most radical new university in decades”(The Times). They offer degree courses that aim to solve problems through an interdisciplinary lens, rather than studying in discrete subjects, and they have helped us to design and implement a day of thinking about ‘inequality’ from a range of different approaches.
As part of the day, the pupils took part in sessions with representatives from the university, as well as discrete lectures from some of our own academic staff. Lectures were offered on subjects as diverse as epistemic inequality, psychological bias and data science. Students were challenged with questions about whether access to the arts is the preserve of the minority, and whether the oppression of minority languages in certain countries prevents access to education.
At the end of the day, students recorded podcasts on a theme of their choice, using interdisciplinary thinking. Groups chose topics such as ‘How could we work to prevent language being a barrier to accessing health education?’ and ‘How far is housing cost a barrier to good education in the UK?’ The winners will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to present in front of LIS academics and their business partners.
If you would like to listen to a podcast by Ollie, William, Elliott and Harvey on infrastructural inequality in the UK then please click on this link below.
Lower Sixth pupils, Hari, Leon, Thuwaaragan, Nirojan and Barnaby also wrote a blog on racial inequality which you can read here.
Winners of the podcast prize will be announced on the 4 July!